Thursday, July 24, 2014

WHY BOB CONAWAY WOULD BE A BETTER REPRESENTATIVE for VETS (aside from the fact he was only a private in the USMC)

VA reform bill [http://crfb.org/blogs/cbo-finds-house-va-bill-could-cost-more-does-cost-less-senate-bill] as McCain suggested, was supposed to be smooth sailing [unlike the IRS scandal and issue of border security]. The general consensus about fixes for veterans’ care has turned into a Republican led House campaign to outsource and privatize more Veterans care, benefiting their well heeled corporate contributors and blocking funding for increased staffing and needed building.
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The compromise struck by McCain and Sanders would spend $500 million for constructing 27 new VA facilities and hiring new medical personnel, among other things. It also allows veterans who live beyond 40 miles from a VA facility the option to seek outside care. The measure passed 93-3 in the Senate.
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The Sanders-McCain bill would cost $50 billion, but with that said, if the country wants to go to war, it has to tend to the wounded so why is this a problem with Cook and his republican colleagues?
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If lawmakers were sincere when they deemed the VA system in crisis, why aren't they consider the legislation emergency spending and passing this BEFORE they take their vacation--its not like they have earned it with only 95 days of scheduled session this year. Sanders further stated “I think that it has been public that one of the great stumbling blocks is that the House is not interested in funding the doctors and nurses and space that the VA needs
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Conaway says:"Cook tells the world he is a Marine. Its time for Cook to tell the Republican leadership in the House preventing the passage of the Sander-McCain VA bill, to get out of the way of our promise to the men and women who have so proudly served us.  As a man who served in uniform, this should be a no brainer. If we weren't busy giving duplicate tax cuts to corporations, we'd have the funding in a snap."

Message prepared by candidate
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12127 Mall Blvd, Suite A-363
Victorville CA 92392
Contact No. (760) 617-8305

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

First Amendment Right to Peaceful Protest, Equal Access to the Internet for Political Activity & Cell Phone Privacy Rights Need to be Protected by Legislation Paul Cook Won't Press For, but Bob Conaway if elected will!!

Problem: Government is moving to take over the average citizen's chance to participate in the dialogue on contested public issues by peaceably protesting, using the internet and yup their cell phones.

What is remarkable is that Obama was had peaceful protesters advance causes for him in the ramp up to his election, Organizing for America used cell phones to make in-state and out-of-state contacts for not just fund raising, but getting out the vote and OFA & the DNC used the internet to fund raise and organize at record levels of efficiency.

Now an all too willing Congress is taking steps that will chill Americans first amendment civil rights--that is why we need changes in business as usual in Congress.

So what has been happening??

(1) the federal government has given access to crowd disbursal technology without the restriction that it can't be used on peaceful and lawful public protests by US citizens;

A LRAD (Long Range Acoustic Device) was used to disperse a rally at Hart Plaza in downtown Detroit on Friday, July 18, 2014 at 2:43pm. There has been previous use of an LRAD in Detroit on May 1, 2012 when Occupy Detroit gathered on the public sidewalk outside Grand Circus Park after park closing hours of 10pm. The use in 2012 was as a public address. The use in 2014 was to cause distress to those hearing the sound.You can hear the sound emitted in the video footage at 50 minutes into this clip (the final minute of the clip). Those who were on the platform to speak felt vibration throughout their body and some clutched at their chest during the deployment which last about 2 minutes [source: http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/07/21/1315395/-Military-device-used-on-Detroit-protest-against-WaterShutoffs?detail=email].

Solution: Introduce legislation and codes of federal regulation banning the use of such technology on peaceful protesting by US citizens

(2) Tom Wheeler, the newly appointed FCC chair, recently proposed rules that would allow Internet service providers (ISPs) to divide the Internet into fast lanes for wealthy corporations and slow lanes for the rest of us, which if adopted will allow corporate takeover of the Internet and the death of Net Neutrality and reduce grass root organizers and leaders for political change equal access to the internet.

Net Neutrality is important because the Internet is an essential service.

Federal court cases have made it clear that the FCC has the power to enforce strong Net Neutrality rules, but only if the FCC goes through the process of undoing a terrible Bush-era decision to deregulate broadband instead of treating it like the vital public utility it has become.
 
Solution(s): Reclassifying the Internet as a public utility, which is the only way to establish Net Neutrality regulations with teeth.


(3) After local law enforcement was given dragnet type technology by the feds, the feds are asking the police to keep quiet about cellphone data collection equipment they are using. 

Jack Gillum, Associated Press reported    [http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/mar/22/police-keep-quiet-about-cell-tracking-technology/?page=all]  on the problem.

"Stingray" is reportedly one such invasive technology being used, one which has been described as an innovative way for law enforcement to track cellphones used by suspects and gather evidence--the problem, it captures & records EVERYONE's cell phone traffic! How?? Stingray reportedly tricks cellphones into identifying their owners’ account information and transmitting data to police as if it were a phone company’s tower. That allows police to obtain cellphone information without having to ask for help from service providers, such as Verizon or AT&T, and can locate a phone without the user even making a call or sending a text message.

Solution: Pass regulations that capture the criminal conduct and communications related thereto and purge the rest.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE from BOB CONAWAY for CONGRESS CAMPAIGN [Press Release #8] -- PAUL COOK's VOTE [CA-08] LATEST CHEST THUMP SHOWS HE NEEDS TO RETIRE or START THINKING FOR HIMSELF

Did Paul Cook' read his  "Capitol Update (July 1, 2014)" before sending it out??

1. Cook states [OPINION re the border crises]:
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"The national security crisis on our southern border has taken a new and troubling turn in recent months. ...The border has been has recently overrun by thousands of unaccompanied minors entering the U.S. illegally. ... Tens of thousands of children...are being handed over to drug cartels to be smuggled into the United States. Many of these children are being sold into sex slavery by criminals. This is a direct result of the administration’s lawless policy of encouraging children to enter the United States illegally..."  [THEN he says its the DREAM ACT & he says he would cease deportation and grant work permits to students illegally in the United States]"
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WHOA DUDE!! Is it the cartels, the sex slavers or the DREAM ACT???
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1a: [CONAWAY OPINION] This guy, like his bozo bosses, will fling anything into the air to trigger irrational hatred and ridicule. Cause and effect needs to be discussed, but as anyone will tell you, trying to repeal the Affordable Care Act was more important than working with the President on immigration reform.
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BOB's SOLUTION: If you want to stop the flow of unaccompanied children, stop accepting Central American goods from factories in those countries until the home countries control their own borders. CAFTA dude...enforce it. If it is the cartels, file a RICO action against them, get a judgment and seize their accounts in the US.
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2. Cook says [RE LNG exporting & HR 6 (the
"Domestic Prosperity and Global Freedom Act)]: "Due to advances in technology and innovation, America’s natural gas output has rapidly increased over the last decade and is expected to continue rising in the decades. ... The export of U.S. Liquid Natural Gas (LNG) offers significant domestic and geopolitical benefits.  A recent study authored by the Department of Energy (DOE), DOE concluded that the export of U.S. LNG would result in net economic gains for America. In addition to the economic benefits and jobs resulting from building new export facilities, opening new markets for American natural gas would encourage further production of domestic energy. This would create additional jobs and support America’s manufacturing renaissance. A study by ICF International estimated that LNG exports are expected to contribute 665,000 net job gains by 2035. U.S. LNG can supplant the influence of other exporters like Russia and Iran while strengthening ties with our allies and trading partners around the world. The crisis in Ukraine has underscored the importance of U.S. LNG exports for global energy security. With the passage of H.R. 6, we can send a clear signal to our allies that a stable and secure energy supply will be available to meet their energy needs".
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2a:[CONAWAY OPINION] : HR 6 does not say or do what Cook claims it does, he overstates the potential and the real motive is to get pending permits approved BEFORE the November election so the big money comes into the party. The Congressional Budget office [http://www.cbo.gov/publication/45412] you will find some interesting "neutral" discussion:
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"Under the Natural Gas Act, the Department of Energy (DOE) regulates imports and exports of natural gas. H.R. 6 would amend that act to specify a deadline for DOE to issue decisions on certain applications for authority to export natural gas. Specifically, H.R. 6 would require DOE to issue a decision on any existing application within 90 days of either the enactment date of H.R. 6 or the close of the comment period pertaining to the application, whichever is later".
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CONAWAY COMMENTS re HR 6:
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(1) So its about speeding up the approval process for what? How big is this potential?? How many applications are involved?
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According to DOE, fewer than 100 applications have been approved or are pending for export of natural gas as of March 2014  See: Congressional Budget office report at http://www.cbo.gov/publication/45412]--so its not big and pressing, but it appears time critical! 
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(2) The ICF International study referred to by Cook does not state in what country the jobs would be created (opps) or if in this country certain plants get built, whose nationals, with the Trans Pacific Pact, will get the jobs on US soil?
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(3) So what does it change? Well, the Court system--this is not about stabilizing markets, its about speeding up the ability of Koch Brother type folks ability to unload the fracking produced natural gas in three months or less from permit submission--which remarkably coincides with the November election cycle?? [See:https://beta.congress.gov/bill/113th-congress/house-bill/6] :
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"Domestic Prosperity and Global Freedom Act - (Sec. 2) Directs the Department of Energy (DOE) to issue a decision on an application for authorization to export natural gas within 30 days after the later of: (1) the conclusion of the review to site, construct, expand, or operate the liquefied natural gas (LNG) facilities required by the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA); or (2) the date of enactment of this Act.
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Deems any NEPA review to be concluded: (1) 30 days after publication of a required Environmental Impact Statement if the project needs one; (2) 30 days after publication by DOE of a Finding of No Significant Impact if the project needs an Environmental Assessment; and (3) upon a determination by the lead agency that an application is eligible for a categorical exclusion pursuant to regulations under NEPA.
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(A "categorical exclusion" under NEPA is a category of actions which do not individually or cumulatively have a significant effect on the human environment and which have been found to have no such effect in procedures adopted by a federal agency in implementing environmental regulations and for which, therefore, neither an Environmental Assessment nor an Environmental Impact Statement is required.)
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Confers original and exclusive jurisdiction upon the U.S. Court of Appeals for the circuit in which the export facility under an application will be located over any civil action for the review of: (1) a DOE order regarding the application, or (2) DOE failure to issue a final decision on the application.

Requires the Court, if it finds in a civil action that DOE has failed to issue a final decision on an application, to order DOE to issue one within 30 days.
Requires the Court to set any civil action brought under this Act on the docket, for expedited consideration, as soon as practical after the filing date of the initial pleading.
(Sec. 3) Amends the Natural Gas Act to set, as a condition for approval of any authorization to export LNG, that the DOE Secretary require the applicant to disclose publicly the specific destination or destinations of any such authorized LNG exports".
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WHAT's Ya THINK NOW ABOUT PAUL COOK's LATEST GIFT TO CORPORATE AMERICA??
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Cook and the Koch types want to destroy our court review process for a measlie 100 past and current applications? If you believe that, I've got some bridges to sell ya.

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The Koch types have a new friend indeed. But California deserves better (and so does the nation).
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Message prepared by candidate
Bob Conaway for Congress (CA-08)
12127 Mall Blvd, Suite A-363
Victorville CA 92392
Contact No. (760) 617-8305

Saturday, June 28, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE from BOB CONAWAY for CONGRESS CAMPAIGN [Press Release #7] -- PAUL COOK's VOTE [CA-08] on HR 4810 SHOWS HE DOESN'T GET THAT HIS DUTY AS A CONGRESSMAN IS DIFFERENT FROM BEING A RETIRED COLONEL: Privatizing Care for Veterans Does Not Address the Problems Nor Stop the Delay Scams from Happening with the Private Vendors



Library of Congress »6/10/2014--Passed House without amendment.Veteran Access to Care Act of 2014 - Section2 - Directs the Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA) to enter into contracts with such non-VA facilities--sounds good--its a pass off more than problem solver.
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This is another bill voted for by Paul Cook--its wrong headed and goes the wrong direction. Rather than funding and staffing veterans' care through the Veterans' administration, he votes to take funding away and give it to private facilities. Rather than manage the budget with good legislation, he uses it as an opportunity to privatize more government function.
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This is an abrogation of the duty of oversight Paul Cook has as a Congressman and as Marine Colonel who is charged to care for the men & women under his command (which effectively is everyone in the service because of his oath of office). Paul Cook should be focusing his energies (and he has plenty of time since Boehner only scheduled 95 days of session for the year) in solving the VA's problems by getting them the funding, staff and management skillsets they need. 
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Regrettably, staff and funding were not the only issue(s)!
 
See: http://progress-index.com/news/va-ig-warn-against-rush-of-veterans-into-private-care-1.1703801 [Syndicated columnist Tom Philpott has covered the military for more than 35 years. Send comments to Military Update, P.O. Box 231111, Centreville, VA, 20120, email milupdate@aol.com or twitter: Tom Philpott @Military_Update] in part reports that
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1.  VA officials, including the acting inspector general, and a health expert from the Government Accountability Office, warned against a rush of veterans into private sector care pointing to , saying it could backfire if not carefully coordinated and properly resourced. The Inspector General said transferring records with non-VA providers remains a hurdle (i.e. privacy). "We need to ensure that there is sufficient non-VA care coordination staff in facilities. You can't simply feed into community [care] and assume it's going to take place,"  Philip Matkovsky, assistant deputy under secretary for health administrative operations, warned. "We have to coordinate that care."--HR 4810 does not address how that will be done.
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2. Many VA facilities apparently manipulated wait time data to pretend to meet internal goals for providing timely access to care by a veteran calling for an appointment and being told it would be 120 days out because that's the first available, that appointment got scored as being the veteran's desired date and the facility then posts "zero waiting days" though the veteran actually waited four months. Another trick was that the vet got the appointment 120 days out. Two weeks before that appointment, it got cancelled in the system and it gets recreated with the veteran is no wiser to the fact his appointment was cancelled because it's been recreated for the same time and date (but the appointment log shows a wait of two weeks not 120 days) ---HR 4810 does nothing to stop these abuses or prevent the private vendors from pulling the same thing.
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3. There is nothing in HR 4810 that attempts to reallocate existing resources to close the delays and care delivery
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If elected to Congress, I would look to lead, not just throw money and follow poorly thought out plans. I have had three men in my family die of service connected disabilities. I know its tough to get care, but its care we are morally obligated to provide.
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HR 4810 needed to be more inclusive and address things like records, privacy protections, management abuses and staffing and budget for coordination as without that, the outsourcing is little more than abandonment by budgetary fiat.
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Bob Conaway for Congress (CA-08)
12127 Mall Blvd, Suite A-363
Victorville CA 92392
Contact No. (760) 617-8305

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE from BOB CONAWAY for CONGRESS CAMPAIGN [Press Release #6] PAUL COOK [CA-08] VOTES TO STRIP ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTIONS (AGAIN) for OIL PIPELINE PERMITS & ALLOW UNDERDESIGNED PIPELINES TO CARRY TAR SANDS & DANGEROUS CHEMICALS THROUGH THE UNITED STATES by his YEA VOTE ON HR 3301

In a recent press release (at our expense again)Paul Cook says his vote on H.R. 3301 in June  "will help bring regulatory certainty, create good American jobs, and facilitate trade with our North American allies. H.R. 3301 says “yes” to American energy and brings us closer to raining in the skyrocketing energy costs". Really?? Does this guy read anything he votes on??
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HR 3301 does replace the current procedure and requirements to obtain a presidential permit for construction of transboundary oil or natural gas pipelines and electric transmission lines.   What does it really do? [source: http://democrats.energycommerce.house.gov/index.php?q=bill/hr-3301-the-north-american-energy-infrastructure-act]:
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1. The bill’s new approval process effectively requires approval of all transboundary pipelines and transmission projects with little or no federal environmental review.  
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2. Modifications to existing cross-border pipelines or transmission lines would not require any approval or review at all.
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3. The bill also exempts permit decisions from the National Environmental Policy Act, which requires analysis of the environmental effects of major federal actions.  Under the current process, the permitting agency must affirmatively determine that a project is in the “national interest” or “public interest.”  The bill’s much narrower standard and NEPA exemption would preclude the permitting agency from understanding, even considering, much less conditioning or rejecting a project based on, environmental, safety, electric reliability, economic, or competitiveness impacts.
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4. The revised language significantly narrows the environmental review process to just the segment of the project that crosses the border, ignoring the other environmental impacts along the project’s route
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5. The revised language also allows projects denied under the existing process to reapply under the new process, where approval is almost certain.
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The League of Conservation Voters brings the real problem to light--we will be forced to carry Canadian Tar Sands [http://www.lcv.org/media/blog/house-bill-would-open-tar.html] http://www.lcv.org/media/blog/house-bill-would-open-tar.html:

 " H.R.3301 would exempt any modifications to existing pipelines from the permitting process. This means more than just repairs – it includes flow reversals, volume expansion no matter how significant, and changes in the fuel mixture carried. This can have tragic consequences for the communities transited by modified pipelines. The Pegasus pipeline was built in the 1940s to carry light oil from the Gulf Coast to the Midwest, but in 2006, operator Exxon Mobil reversed the flow direction so the pipeline could carry Canadian tar sands oil to refiners in Texas. Three years later, they expanded the capacity of Pegasus from 65,000 to 95,000 barrels of oil per day. In 2013, the pipeline burst and flooded a suburban Arkansas community with thousands of barrels of tar sands oil. 
.  Unlike normal crude oil, the bitumen from tar sands is a heavy, asphalt-like product that must be diluted with toxic chemicals in order to flow through a pipeline. These chemicals evaporate during a spill, leaving nearby people with headaches, nausea, and respiratory issues with unknown long term effects.
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The product left behind sinks to the bottom of water bodies in semi-solid form, making cleanup far more difficult than in the case of normal oil spills".

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IF elected to Congress, I would oppose such a reckless bill. I urge the President to veto it [ See http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/omb/legislative/sap/113/saphr3301h_20140624.pdf for Administration memo seeming to lean in that direction]

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Cook is comfortable with his multiple pensions and upper class life style with bottled and filtered water...but why would he want to increase the risk of harm to the rest of us Americans?  Is it a hate for this President (whose authority HR3301 takes away, which Bush had the power to invoke)? Is PAUL COOK signaling that he would supporting impeachment of President Obama?
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Message prepared by candidate
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12127 Mall Blvd, Suite A-363
Victorville CA 92392
Contact No. (760) 617-8305

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Why Aren't We Asking What National Interest is being Protected in Iraq in 2014?

I know that ex leaders (and current ones) want to be able to say the losses were for something worthwhile. I think Americans want to feel the sacrifice of our men and women under arms, the losses and burdens to their families and our economic future were all worthwhile.
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The past is an interesting reality--it happened. It can't be changed or altered. With that said we really need to get beyond the notion it is Bush's war or Obama's. We need to get beyond the finger pointing with a selective memory (and facts recounted) in tow.
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We can claim to have a moral obligation to defend the people we fought with and for, but one has to wonder how many are left that haven't immigrated to other countries by now (many to the US).
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My money would be that the old Sadam Republican Guard might be tinkering, a military force we left virtually untouched --that ran Sadams brutal machine and basically vanished until now. By most intel reports, Sadam's personal guard was 10,000 strong and the military arm was 100,000 strong.

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If we are defending the population against them, then limited action from the air and military advisors did not stop them before. Sadam lives on through his loyalists, who basically vanished when the intervention happened and for sure after the US led coalition refused to give administrator type jobs to them in the new government (like we did in Germany & Japan after WWII).
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Are we defending the oil production and flow? If the answer to that question is yes, ask whose oil supply is it. Some reports are saying its all headed to Communist China. How is that our interest?
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If we are defending US contractors working on the oil fields,  are we responsible for a corporation putting their people in harm's way for profit?
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The separatist question (breaking Iraq up) might be the only way to manage the hostilities, yet that does not seem to be in the discussion.
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Paul Cook likes to do the military rhetoric thing and defend the sacrifice. Ok, so noted, BUT  Paul Cook, you are Congressman, a part of one of the greatest bodies that has ever been existed--there not to justify what was done (let Fox news and the Washington Post do that), but to work with fellow members and ALL leadership to make a workable policy so we can ALL move forward with a defined PRESENT & LEGITIMATE interest driving our actions.
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You were not elected to be Colonel of a Division, but be a servant of the 8th Congressional District's constituents and the greater United States of America.
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It's time to stop sniffing Boehner's mindless march into oblivion.

Washington Post Thinks this Blog is one of the worst websites--heh dummies its an issue & position blog, not a vanity website site

The awful campaign Web sites of 2014 (per the right wing Washington Post) includes yours truly's blog (right on!).  First, thank you for demonstrating how out of touch you are [consistent with your neocon lockstep and lemming mind set of following the first dumb decision-maker off a cliff]--it's NOT a costly vanity "website", but an issue focused blog (talk to your tech department--there is a difference).  Second, the blog is being followed (through a link) by Mr. Knox,  Paul Cook's field rep and a whole host of republican leadership--they think its worth the bother--heck even the Post noticed! Third as for the vote disparity, that is a phenomenon of this district's historic poor performance in the open June primary (by democrats and decline to states--less than 20% total). Cook only got 57% two years ago against Minuteman Imus WITH the democratic and labor votes in the November runoff (two republicans made it to the final two).  Heh dude, I loved the "Angel Soft" commercial following Becker's comments on my campaign and blog--"Charmin" would have been a better ad placement. All joking aside, thanks for the attention.

By the way, a former staffer of Cook's called me to advise he was going to help in my campaign--a lifelong republican. Not all is well in the fragile republican desert district. That might be a better story than mislabeling my blog a website so you could take a cheap shot at it in a website analysis (and I cringed calling it an analysis). Or even maybe you could talk about some of the issues I raise that Cook runs away from as highlighted in my blog (and you wonder why print media is losing so much market share?)

If you ever want to cover Paul Cook's defeat (in advance or in DC when I get there), the first brew is on me.

Source of all the fuss: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2014/06/20/the-awful-campaign-websites-of-2014/